Everyone knows that getting a divorce in Florida or any other state is one of the most stressful events in your life. If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse have children, your divorce can be even more stressful, not to mention devastating for your children. Fortunately, agreeing to post-divorce joint custody can not only reduce the overall stress of your divorce, but also can be the best of all possible worlds for your kids.
Admittedly, joint custody does not fit all situations, especially those in which the parents cannot or will not cooperate with each other with regard to their children’s upbringing or those where there has been a history of family abuse. For virtually all other divorced couples, however, child psychologists, judges, divorce attorneys and parents alike all agree that joint custody represents the preferred custody arrangement.
As reported by StatNews.com, the results of a recent study revealed the following:
- Children whose parents share joint custody generally exhibit fewer psychological and emotional problems than children living in other post-divorce situations.
- They generally have and maintain better relationships with their parents and extended family members.
- They generally do better in school and make higher grades.
- They generally have better peer relationships.
- They generally are and remain at lower risk for drug and/or alcohol abuse.
Joint custody also benefits you and your ex-spouse as parents. For example, the two of you likely will cooperate with each other better after your divorce if you share custody. In addition, both of you likely will better stick to your agreed-to parenting time schedule and plan. You likewise likely will have a better post-divorce relationship with each other, which can be a true blessing if your children are young and the two of you will remain tied together through them for a number of years. Best of all, joint custody gives both of you the opportunity to continue being a major part of your children’s lives.
This is general educational information and not intended to provide legal advice.